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S.D. Padres Sign P Brandon Morrow to 1-Year Contract

Tom Szcaerbowski/Getty Images(SAN DIEGO) -- The San Diego Padres signed free agent right-handed pitcher Brandon Morrow to a one-year contract, the team announced on Wednesday. Financial terms of the deal were not announced.

In 13 appearances last season for the Blue Jays, Morrow went 1-3 with a 5.67 ERA.

Morrow was originally selected out of University of California, Berkeley by the Mariners with the fifth overall pick of the 2006 MLB draft. In 231 career games with Seattle and Toronto, the eight-year veteran is 42-43 with a 4.28 ERA. He has struck out 765 batters in 735 2/3 innings of work.

To make room for Morrow on the 40-man roster, the Padres designated left-handed pitcher Juan Oramas for assignment.

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Mariners Acquire OF Ruggiano From Cubs

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(SEATTLE) -- The Seattle Mariners acquired outfielder Justin Ruggiano from the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday for minor league pitcher Matt Brazis.

In 81 games last season with the Cubs, Ruggiano batted .281 with six home runs and 28 RBIs. He also scored 29 runs and had an OBP of .337.

Ruggiano’s best season came in 2012 for the Miami Marlins, when he hit .313 with 13 homers and 36 RBIs. The six-year veteran also swiped 15 bases and had an OBP of .374.

Brazis was selected out of Boston College in the 28th round of the 2012 MLB draft. The right-handed reliever is 8-6 with a 2.89 ERA across three minor league seasons.

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49ers Cut Ray McDonald

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The San Francisco 49ers cut defensive lineman Ray McDonald on Wednesday after new allegations of sexual assault against him were announced.

In October prosecutors said they didn’t have enough evidence to charge him with domestic violence against his pregnant fiancee. 

Now police are investigating the new sexual assault charge.

McDonald had played all season long despite calls for him to be benched due to the investigation.

San Francisco was eliminated from playoff contention after their loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.

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Titans at Jaguars Thursday Night Preview

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- The Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars will square off on Thursday night in a game that could decide their draft position.

Both teams enter the game at 2-12 and want to take home the win during the national spotlight.

The Titans will go with Charlie Whitehurst at quarterback after Zach Mettenberger went out with a shoulder injury.

"I feel good about Charlie and what he's done. ...He started against Jacksonville the last time and played a pretty good game," Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt said. "He's been a great support in the room, and we have confidence in him that when he plays he's going to be successful."

It may be a tough game for Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles as he's battling a foot injury.

"A lot of them are on me," said Bortles, who has thrown eight touchdowns and 15 interceptions this season.

"Some are on the offensive line," Bortles continued. "It's on the whole offense. It's football, so you better be used to getting hit."

"In college, you can run around and do more stuff, but in the NFL guys are a lot faster and stronger," he added. "So it's a little more difficult. You want to be able to get rid of the ball and live another down, not lose 5, 10 yards on third down and create longer field-goal situation. Those are definitely things I'm working on."

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Orioles 1B Chris Davis Cleared to Use Adderall in 2015

Robbie Rogers/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Suspended Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis was cleared to use Adderall next season, manager Buck Showalter said on Tuesday.

"It's a good thing," Showalter said in reference to Davis gaining therapeutic use exemption for Adderall. "Yeah, he told me he was approved for it."

Davis was suspended 25 games in September for the use of Adderall in September after failing a drug test for the second time. 

Davis missed the final 17 games of the season due to the suspension and sat out all seven games of the playoffs.

Davis batted .196 with 26 HRs, 72 RBIs and 173 strikeouts in 127 games.

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Bucks' Jabari Parker Out for Season

Kelly Kline/Getty Images(MILWAUKEE) -- Milwaukee Bucks rookie forward Jabari Parker is expected to miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL in his left knee, the team announced on Tuesday.

Parker, 19, underwent an MRI that showed a complete tear in his left knee.

The injury occurred in the third quarter of Monday's 96-94 win over Phoenix.

Parker was averaging 12.3 points and 5.5 rebounds in 25 games, and was a rookie of the year contender.

He spent one season with the Blue Devils before being drafted by Milwaukee with the second overall pick in June.

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Bo Pelini Takes Over at Youngstown State

Football Texture/iStockphoto(NEW YORK) -- Former Nebraska head football coach Bo Pelini is taking the same job at Youngstown State.

Youngstown State University president James P. Tressel and executive director of intercollegiate athletics Ron Strollo made the announcement Tuesday.

Pelini, who was fired from Nebraska after serving as their head coach for seven years, went to high school in Youngstown, Ohio.

"It is with great passion and enthusiasm that I become the head football coach at Youngstown State University." Pelini said in a statement. "This is an exciting time for my family and me as we return to the Mahoning Valley. Mary Pat and our children are anxious to get involved in the Youngstown State and local communities. I am looking forward to getting to know a tremendous group of football student-athletes who are currently part of the program. YSU football has a rich championship tradition and a standard of excellence which our staff and players will work to uphold both on and off of the field."

Pelini takes over for Eric Wolford, who was fired after going 31-26 over the last five years.

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Jets Defenseman Jacob Trouba Out at Least 6 Weeks

Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(WINNIPEG, Manitoba) -- Winnipeg Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba will be out until at least February with an upper-body injury, Jets head coach Paul Maurice said Tuesday.

Maurice did not explain when the injury occurred, but said no surgical procedure will be required.

"He's had a kind of pre-existing condition that most players deal with and what you're hopeful for is that it heals and gets better and progresses and he had the opposite experience," Maurice said. "Things started progressively getting a little bit worse on him and it just got to the point where the only and best way for us to get him back to 100 percent was that we had to shut him down."

The 20-year-old Trouba was selected with the ninth overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by the Jets. Since then he's played in 96 games for the team, averaging 22:48 minutes of ice-time with 14 goals and 27 assists.

"It is a big challenge," Maurice said. "Jake had been a big part of some big goals late in games and he drives the offence and has been part of a power play unit that has been getting better but I think it's more the defensive concern with the three guys out. All three kill penalties for us so we need to get better in that department."

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Floyd Inks 1-Year Deal with Indians

Major League Baseball(CLEVELAND) -- The Cleveland Indians signed starting pitcher Gavin Floyd to a one-year contract Tuesday.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports the deal is worth $4 million and could earn Floyd another $6 million in incentives.

The 31-year-old Floyd made only five starts in 2013 before undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. He made nine starts for Atlanta the following season before suffering a fracture in the same elbow, causing him to miss the rest of the season.

"His elbow's actually fine," Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said. "We went through an extensive physical...His ligament is strong and intact. The fracture he suffered last year is well healed. We expect him to be fully ready for Spring Training."

Before 2013, Floyd was one of the more consistent pitchers in the major leagues. The right-hander pitched five straight seasons of at least 29 starts for the Chicago White Sox.

During his 11 big league seasons, Floyd has pitched 1,205 2/3 innings, compiling a 72-72 record with a 4.40 ERA, 948 strike outs, and a 1.33 WHIP.

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ESPN: Marlins Have an Agreement with Morse

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The Miami Marlins have reached an agreement with free agent Michael Morse on a two-year, $8 million contract, according to ESPN.

ESPN also reports Morse will be able to earn performance bonuses.

The 32-year-old Morse played last season for the World Series champion San Francisco Giants. The right-handed hitter played in 131 regular season games as an outfielder, first baseman and designated hitter, hitting .279 with 16 home runs and 61 RBIs.

Morse has played 10 major league seasons with stints in Seattle, Washington, Baltimore, and San Francisco. He's a career .281 hitter with 99 home runs and 333 RBIs.

Morse becomes the latest in a flurry of acquisitions made by the Marlins this offseason. Miami signed outfielder Giancarlo Stanton to a $325 million contract, and also traded for second baseman Dee Gordon and pitchers Mat Latos and Dan Haren.

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